COMMUNITY CRICKET & COVID-19
As we navigate through the COVID-19 coronavirus WA Roadmap we want to ensure that our cricket community stay safe, healthy and connected during this unprecedented time.
On Monday 18 May 2020, Western Australia moved into phase 2 of the four-phase roadmap to recovery.
This means we are able to resume some activities we’ve had to put on hold, including sporting activities. Effective Monday 18 May 2020, non-contact community sports, including indoor community sports and children’s sport, up to a maximum of 20 participants are permitted.
If your Association is starting to plan for next season, it is vitally important that you are aware of the guidelines and restrictions set out by the State Government to protect our community from the COVID -19 coronavirus pandemic. Below is a basic guide for Associations based on the current State Government rules and restrictions.. Further, we encourage all our clubs and associations to reach out to their Local Government Authority to understand how they are managing their facilities and grounds in response to the WA Government’s roadmap.
Also, Australian Cricket has collaborated to develop some return to play principles that aim to keep our cricket community safe while doing what they love.
We continue to work with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Local Government Authorities and winter sporting codes to finalise a return to play strategy and agreed principles to guide local decisions about when the next cricket season will start.
So, we, along with Cricket Australia, will continue to provide updates to the broader cricket community as required. However, we also encourage you to keep your member clubs updated when relevant, acknowledging we are in our off season and many of our clubs and volunteers will be having a well-earned break from cricket.
Here’s what you need to know and where to find more information:
WA Government Guidelines regarding sport & recreation:
- Strictly no more than 20 people are allowed. The 20 person maximum count includes players, participants, parents, patrons and spectators. The 20 person count does not include coaches, trainers, instructors and general venue staff;
Spectators are discouraged unless required (e.g. parent or carer);
- Must be 4 square metres of space per person;
- Keep 1.5m away from others where possible;
- Maintain good personal hygiene, including regular hand washing;
- Equipment sharing must be minimal and must be cleaned frequently. You are permitted to share a ball, but it must be cleaned between training sessions;
- WA restrictions require change-rooms to remain closed, but toilets may remain open;
- All businesses, including sport and recreation venues & facilities, MUST complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening.
Attached are the WA Government COVID Safety Guidelines for Sport and Recreation and the Sport and Recreation COVID Safety Plan.
Further information on the WA Government guidelines, frequently asked questions and the COVID Safety Plan can be found using these links:
Australian Cricket Return to Training Protocols:
The key principle for training at this point in time must be 'Get in, Train, Get out'.
The following protocols are to guide any training that takes place:
- Don’t share your equipment – including pads, gloves, protectors and helmets;
- No contact rule – this includes high fives, shaking hands and any other physical contact;
- Observe physical distancing of 1.5m metres at all times;
- Adhere to all relevant protocols and guidelines;
- Practice good hygiene;
- If your local cricket nets are open, ensure there is no more and 5 people at a net at any time; and
- Plan breaks at least 10-15 minutes apart from other groups or teams or participants to minimize crossover.
Please see attached the Cricket Australia COVID-19 Guidelines for Cricket Activity as well as the Return to Cricket Training protocols in more detail.
Also, visit https://www.community.cricket.com.au/clubs/policies/covid-19-faq for an Australian Cricket COVID-19 Update.
Winter Cricket Competitions and Indoor Cricket
While the majority of our cricket community is in off season, there are some competitions that do run during winter in our state. Indoor Cricket competitions are also an important part of the winter cricket landscape.
We will be working with Indoor Sports WA as well as those who administer winter competitions to ensure a safe return to play plan for their competitions.
If you require more information relating to the WA Government guidelines and restrictions, please review to the WA Government website listed previously.
For more information on Australian cricket guidelines, please contact your WACA Cricket Manager or Danny Andrews at the WACA on 0417 164 843 or email email@example.com.
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